In spite of earnest attempts to bring about a lasting peace, war still looms ahead. With the emergence of the weapons of mass destruction, the possibility of global destruction is now a reality!
Although we are warned that the only solution is a one world government, all attempts at really achieving this objective have failed. Why?
Why also, are the individual lives of people the world over increasingly filled with anxiety, frustration, and suffering? Newsstands and bookstores are well stocked with the written ideas of men on how to achieve “peace of mind” and the “happy life” so many long for. But the increase in suicides, in broken homes, in “mental breakdown” is alarming. Psychologists, social workers, and church leaders have all attacked the problem. But people are not finding the answer.
When Jesus Christ was here on earth almost 2,000 years ago, He knew what the ideas of men would lead to in years to come. When His disciples asked Christ what signs would precede his 2nd coming, He told them:“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matt. 24:4-5).
First, then, would be false ministers who would come in Jesus’ name, claiming to represent Him, but who would deceive the many through their false teachings. Next, Jesus foretold a state of war and finally world war followed by famines, pestilence, and increasing earthquakes (vs. 6-7).
Then would come a period of persecutions upon God’s people, culminating in a period of general strife and tribulation brought on by man’s evil devising. Jesus knew that in the end time men would be groping in the dark for the way to peace, but would be on the verge of human annihilation. “Except those days should be shortened there should no flesh be saved” (Matt. 24:22).
Jesus Christ in His written Word, the Bible, has revealed the cause for this state of world chaos. Later in the same prophecy (Matt. 24:37), Christ said, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” What were men doing in the days of Noah that brought on the flood that destroyed all of mankind except Noah and his family?
Genesis 6:12 gives us the answer: “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” In other words carnal men had used their own human reason and had departed from God’s way upon the earth. This brought on world destruction. Jesus said the same conditions would prevail just before His return.
In His 2nd letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul warned that “in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Tim. 3:1). He then enumerated some of the vices men would have. He described them as “having a form of godliness, but denying the Power thereof” (v. 5).
Does this not describe our so called “Christian” society of today? Men have developed certain religious forms, but by their words and deeds alike they deny that God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, has any real power to intervene in world affairs and act.
Is God unreal to you? He is to most people. Or else they think that God has gone way off somewhere. That is why they deny His power and authority to direct the affairs of this world, and to govern our individual, private lives. As Paul wrote of the pagan philosophers of his day, “Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Rom. 1:28). Even so today, men like to forget about God when they make their plans for peace. They do not seek His guidance in their conferences. The do not study His Word for the answers.
As in the days of Noah, men are stumbling and bungling their way to destruction. They have rejected and corrupted God’s Way upon this earth.
The key to how man’s troubles developed is given by the apostle Paul as he continued his second epistle to Timothy. He warned Timothy to preach the Word, “for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Tim. 4:2-4).
Paul knew that men would corrupt his teachings and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and be turned to fables. False prophets would come and pervert the way of peace which Christ proclaimed. Jesus Christ came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, or government, of God. He said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” Mark 1:14-15).
In Bible times, the Israelites had regarded the heathen nations as “dogs,” and had often been commanded by God to destroy them out of their land. But Jesus revealed the spirit of God’s will and enunciated the principle of all international law.
He said: “You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that persecute you, and pry for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” ( Matt. 5:43-44).
Why have so-called “Christian nations rejected this plain teaching from the Bible. Why have men, individually and collectively, continued to resort to violence and bloodshed as the supposed way to happiness and peace?
It is because nearly all men are ignorant of the fact that God is Supreme Ruler, and is only permitting humans to rule themselves their unhappy way in order to teach them and everlasting lesson.
The book of Daniel records a number of instances when God struck down the greatest kings on earth at that time to teach them that He alone is the overall Ruler of this earth -- Daniel 5:21 is a good example.
Almighty God, then, by virtue of being the Creator, is also the Supreme Ruler of this earth. Although in His purpose He is permitting men to do so for a time, puny, mortal men have no right or authority to institute anything contrary to God’s will.
But how do we know God’s will? How does He rule?
Christ said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:17, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” God’s will is revealed in His written Word, the Bible. And the Bible reveals not only that God is Ruler, but that He is Supreme Lawgiver as well. “There is one lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy” (James 4:12).
Jesus Christ continually taught obedience to God’s spiritual law. He said, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Read Matt. 5:17-19). When a young man came to ask Christ the way to be saved, He told him, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17).
God’s law is the way to both personal and international peace and happiness. James was inspired to write: “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12). Keeping God’s law liberates us from the terrible burden of sin and woe that is the lot of most people today. If entire nations would obey it, we would be free from the curse of war and international strife for all time.
Yes, there is only one true Lawgiver and that is God. Jesus Christ came preaching obedience to the laws of God’s kingdom. He gave us the principle of God’s spiritual law in regard to international law. He pointed the only true way to peace.
But, as Paul prophesied, men have “turned to fables.” They have rejected God as their Ruler and as Supreme Lawgiver. The nations of the world are going to have to suffer to learn their lesson. They are unwilling to learn that the real cause of this world’s ills is disobedience to the Laws and the Rule of God. But you can escape the terrible suffering that lies ahead, if you really want to. If you sincerely want to find God and come under His special protection through the chaotic times ahead, you will, first of all, have to be willing to change from your present way of living. If you are not willing to pay that price, you may as well stop reading this article right now and learn the lesson by suffering with the rest of the world.
But if you see the “handwriting on the wall” and you have been brought to the place where you realize that something is terribly wrong with the way most of this world has been living, and if you are willing to really open up your mind and see if you, personally, ought to change some of your ideas, beliefs, and practices, then you may be a person that will be protected during the tribulation, and the wrath of God.
Make no mistake about it! When Jesus Christ said that in these end times human beings would completely destroy themselves he meant exactly what He said. There are horrifying times just ahead such as this world has never dreamed of. Men are going to reap the awful penalty of defying the inexorable laws of God and corrupting His way upon this earth. These things will soon be a reality! The time for kidding ourselves about obeying God is long past.
But you may as yet be uncertain of exactly how you are violating the ways and laws of God. This is only natural in this world of mixed up and divided church denominations and of confusing human ideas.
You must begin to reexamine all of your present beliefs. Study the Bible as you never have before, asking God fervently to guide you into the truth. When you have discovered Truth through the pages of the Bible and through the teachings of the Church of God, New World Ministries to see if our teachings are confirmed in the Bible. You should be willing to accept correction and reproof from God’s Word. God’s true servants are commanded to use His Word to show you your sins.
Be serious about the business of giving your life to God!
Remember that the very chaos around us shows that most men have lost sight of the true God. This world is plunging to its doom. So be in dead earnest about really finding the true way of obedience to God
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the son of man” (Luke 21:36).